City Responds to Citizens Request on Controlling Noise Levels at Public Places
The request came after news on how New York police responded to noise complaints on people dancing noisily in a park in New York and the leader guilty of violating the noise regulations in court. This incidents drew attention in China wherein netizens claimed that noise from people dancing or playing loud music in public places are making their lives miserable. Some residents are proposing to banned such activities except some occasional galas or events organized by the community.
A spokesperson for the city park management center stated that it will be hard to control or even reduce noise levels without a law. 20 percent of the complaints that they receive are about noise and he center don’t have the law enforcement rights to stop it, the only thing they can do is persuade people to lower the volume down. Dancing in parks and public squares is a popular activity in early mornings or after dinner especially among senior citizens.
A noise level check made by a local media found out that Litchi Park in Futian had noise levels that reach 75 decibels which usually comes from vehicles or nearby roads. Noise levels from dancers reached 90 decibels. The park management is now collecting suggestions and opinions on how to deal with the problem. Current draft regulation allows noise from park activities to reach only 65 decibels.
Previously Shenzhen didn’t have any rules on noise and it was difficult to bring the noise down to anything quieter than 55 decibels at night, so they decided that 65 decibels is a reasonable level.